MLB World Series Live :: Washington Nationals in Friday’s Game 3 against the Houston Astros. Who would have ever thought the juggernaut Astros would be put on the ropes by a Nationals team that barely made it out of the Wild Card round of the playoffs? Their Cinderella story is coming in hot after a 12-3 blowout victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night.
The 2019 World Series matchup is set with the Washington Nationals set to face the Houston Astros.
Washington will come into the Fall Classic well-rested after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. The Nationals’ last game was on Oct. 15, giving manager Dave Martinez six days to line up his pitching rotation however he wants.
Houston is back in the World Series for the second time in three years. The American League champions have been tested this postseason, needing all five games to get past the Tampa Bay Rays in the division series and six games to put away the New York Yankees in the championship series.
No one should feel sorry for the Astros after they led MLB with 107 wins during the regular season and will have Gerrit Cole ready to start Game 1 against Washington.
2019 World Series Schedule
Game 1 (Tuesday, Oct. 22): Washington Nationals at Houston Astros, 8:08 p.m. ET
Game 2 (Wednesday, Oct. 23): Washington Nationals at Houston Astros, 8:07 p.m. ET
Game 3 (Friday, Oct. 25): Houston Astros at Washington Nationals, 8:07 p.m. ET
Game 4 (Saturday, Oct. 26): Houston Astros at Washington Nationals, 8:07 p.m. ET
Game 5 (Sunday, Oct. 27): Houston Astros at Washington Nationals, 8:07 p.m. ET
Game 6 (Tuesday, Oct. 29): Washington Nationals at Houston Astros, 8:07 p.m. ET
Game 7 (Wednesday, Oct. 30): Washington Nationals at Houston Astros, 8:08 p.m. ET
An opportunity to go up 3-0 in the World Series is on the line for the
With Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander both falling in the World Series, Zack Greinke prepares to take his turn on the mound opposite of Washington’s Anibal Sanchez.
Astros in a must-win situation
Things have gone about as bad as they could have gone for the Astros. They were beaten at home in the first two games of the World Series with their best two pitchers on the mound. Now, they are staring at the very realistic possibility of getting swept unless they win two of the next three games in Washington. Even for those that believed the Nationals would ultimately take the series, no one could have ever predicted it would turn out like this.
Friday’s game is a must-win situation for the Astros to avoid going down 3-0. That kind of deficit would likely sound the death knell for their season. Perhaps the most disappointing part about Game 2 on Wednesday was how defeated the Astros looked late in the game when the Nationals poured on the offensive onslaught.
Their supposedly unstoppable pitching rotation had been reduced to rubble before Greinke even got his chance. The red-hot Nationals are burning through every pitcher in sight with Cole and Verlander being no different.
Greinke hopes to change the narrative when he steps on the mound on Friday. The 36-year-old right-handed starter finished the regular season with a 2.93 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with an 18-5 record. His first couple of playoff appearances didn’t go well with him racking up back-to-back losses to the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. He’s still in search of his first playoff win of the season.
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Cinderella story continues for the Nationals
Even after the Nationals shocked the Astros in Game 1 of the World Series, there was always a lingering skepticism surrounding that performance. Cole didn’t have his best stuff on the most important night of the season, but surely Verlander would pick up the slack on Wednesday.
Wednesday came around and the Nationals won again.
Stephen Strasburg was impressive on the mound in only allowing two runs in six innings. More importantly, however, the bullpen for the Nationals has continuously lived up to the challenge. As great as the team has been offensively, they have been equally as dominant on defense. The Los Angeles Dodgers must be feeling a little better about their loss to the Nationals in the NLDS.
That wasn’t some fluke of a performance from a team that simply lucked its way into the playoffs. There hasn’t been a team that has looked better than the Nationals this postseason. Sanchez hopes to keep the magic carpet ride going on Friday. The 35-year-old right-handed pitcher is coming off a seven-inning shutout victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He capped off his season with a 3.85 ERA and 1.27 WHIP